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No-one has created a collection of cool previews like they did for this past summer’s anime` season, so I guess we’ll just have to download stuff at random to get an idea of the good shows. Anime News Network has a list and some reviews, so at least we know the names of the shows, or at least most of them.

Here’s the usual OO breakdown, with the bolded series ones I’ve actually seen.

  • 11 Eyes — I didn’t expect much from an eroge game. I guess it’s faithful to the original, but who cares about another T&A series?
  • Asura Cryin’ 2 — More ghost panty-shots. Blech.
  • Book of Bantorra — An awesome concept, but the animation is like watching an edited-for-TV softcore porn movie. How many slow-mo boob shots can you fit into one show, guys?
  • Kampfer — The concept is about a guy who transforms into a girl and the girl he has a crush on is a secret lez. No thanks.
  • Inuyasha: The Final Act — I’ve never liked this series, so I didn’t bother.
  • Kiddy Girl and… — A poor man’s SF series with the emphasis on bouncing boobs and guess what?
  • Kimi no Todoke — It’s interesting. It’s a romance, but it’s also emotionally gritty and real about h.s. I’m not sure if it works or not.
  • Kobato — It’s ok. It’s a magical girl/wide-eyed innocence sort of story. The dog is way too harsh, which makes it feel disjointed.
  • Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 2 — I saw an episode or two of the first series. This is more of the same. Pervy h.s. trash.
  • Nyan Koi — Awesome idea (guy cursed to hear what cats are thinking), but porno execution. Cuss words every twenty seconds don’t help. Geez. Typical anime` fail.
  • Queen’s Blade: Gyokuza no Tsugumono — More hentai.
  • The Sacred Blacksmith — A decent medieval-esque idea, but the execution? You guessed it: panty-shot time.
  • Sitokai No Ichizon — This is your typical pervy school harem series. Nothing that you haven’t seen before in Shuffle, School Days, or a thousand others.
  • Shugo Chara Party! — A train wreck of live action, super cuteness, and 12-year-old attitude. I feel like I lost a significant portion of my IQ by just watching it.
  • Tegami Bachi — I’m not usually a fan of shonen series, but this one has some depth. It has a steampunk vibe to it, too. Tasty!
  • To Aru Kagaku no Railgun — Pervy school/superhero mix. Again, nothing interesting here.
  • Trapeze — An anime` that tries to channel David Lynch and fails miserably. The problem is the source material, which is unoriginal, although the mixture of animation styles don’t work well, either.
  • White Album 2 — More horrific Wuthering Heights-esque emotional torture where there’s no-one to root for.
  • Yumeiro Patissiere — Looks pretty good. It’s a school series where a girl follows her dream of being a patissiere — a designer of sweets.
  • So out of all the new series, Tegami Bachi and Yumeiro Patissiere look like definite wins, Kimi no Todoke is interesting, and Kobato is a maybe.

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Ok, here’s the latest round of vomit-inducing anime` series.

Genji Monogatari Senneki — It’s an eroge. So there’s some plot, but the plot serves only to connect the amorous conquests of the main character. In addition the animation does the repeating frame thing and the music doesn’t fit. Quite a bit of flesh, though it tries to be tasteful. Number of episodes survived: two.

Guin Saga — Uninspired psuedo-Grecian fantasy-adventure with one character who has lost his memories, and a weak male main character. We’ve seen this all before. Number of episodes survived: one.

Hayate no Gotoku — Watching just one episode made me realize that there’s a trillion characters and it would injure me trying to keep track of them all. That with the ridiculously sugary silly approach makes me want to claw my eyes out. I guess it appeals to the 10-12 year-old set, but it tries for the self-aware parodies and just collapses into middle-school silliness. It’s cheezy and trite. Number of episodes survived: two.

La Corda d’Oro (season 2) — I didn’t see the first season, so maybe it was good; however, this season is heavy with stock characters and suffocates beneath a sentimental blanket. It’s not evil, but it’s not original or emotional. I made it through one episode, hoping it would turn the corner. It didn’t.

Nagasarete Airantou — Probably the ultimate harem series (guy on an island of women). It’s not hentai, but it’s as close as you can get on Japanese TV. Despite the good closing song, let’s not kid ourselves. This is designed to appeal to unthinking horny men. Prurient. Number of episodes survived: three.

Queen’s Blade — hentai + sword-fighting + mock-cuteness. A real winner, guys. I survived a few seconds. Chihiro stopped with this series because they thought it was bad, so I’m not alone on this one.

(Chrome-Shelled) Regios — Great idea, but risque` material shows up frequently and the character development is herky-jerky, typical anime` (revealing things on an episode-by-episode basis with no foreshadowing). It’s run-of-the-mill. Number of episodes survived: 3.

Shuffle! — It’s a note-by-note rip-off of To Heart, with Shinto overtones and a quite a bit of risque` material. Number of episodes survived: not even one.

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